Monday, February 1, 2010

Pick up your crazy heart, and give it one more try

I saw Crazy Heart in NYC this weekend and absolutely loved it. Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an old-school country singer (think Waylon and Hank) who is trying to make ends meet doing shows in bowling alleys and bars.

Blake has been married a few too many times and is an alcoholic. Down on his luck, he agrees to do an interview with a local newspaper reporter, Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Jean is a single mom. Against her instincts, she falls in love with Blake, and he falls in love with her.

Colin Farrell plays Tommy Sweet, Blake's prot├ęge who has become more successful and famous than he. There is some animosity between them, but Sweet gets Blake an opening gig for him at an amphitheater. In one great scene, the two sing together on stage - which was actually done at a Toby Keith concert.

Though the love aspect doesn't end up like many would like, it's a heartfelt and touching story about redemption and new beginnings. The great Robert Duvall also has a role in the film as Blake's loyal hometown friend. Duvall also sings a beautiful little song called "Live Forever."

The soundtrack produced by T-Bone Burnett (O Brother Whereart Thou?) is amazing. I love "The Weary Kind" (the film's theme song) performed by Ryan Bingham here. This soundtrack should definitely bring home the Oscar in March.

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